Kia, the South Korean automotive giant, has officially unveiled its reservation plans for the 2024 EV9, an all-electric SUV set to make waves in the United States. Customers eagerly awaiting the opportunity to own this eco-friendly marvel can mark their calendars for October 16, 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST, when reservations open.
This exciting development will allow potential buyers to configure their EV9 of choice on the Kia website and secure their reservation with a $750 fully refundable payment through participating Kia dealerships. The lineup at launch will feature four distinct versions of the EV9, catering to a wide range of preferences.
The available options include the Light Long Range RWD, Wind AWD, Land AWD, and the flagship GT-Line AWD. It's worth noting that the entry-level EV9 Light will not be available for reservation on October 16.
Kia is also sweetening the deal for early adopters. Those who place their reservation requests between October 16 and November 27 and later complete their purchase or lease of the EV9 will receive a bundle of exciting gifts. These incentives include a Webasto Go Dual Voltage Portable EV Charger, a complimentary one-year subscription to Digital Features & Services, a three-year Kia Maintenance Plan, and a generous credit for 1,000 kWh of free charging with Electrify America.
Steven Center, the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Kia America, expressed the company's enthusiasm for the upcoming launch, stating, “The Kia EV9 represents the future of sustainable mobility, and this reservation program will allow interested customers to be among the first in line for one of the most highly anticipated new vehicles to hit the U.S. market in years.”
The EV9 Light variant comes equipped with a 76.1 kWh battery pack and a 215 hp electric motor, delivering an impressive 223 miles (359 km) of range. For those seeking even more mileage, the Light Long Range boasts a 99.8 kWh battery, a 201 hp electric motor, and a remarkable 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.
In the mid-range options, the Wind variant shares the 99.8 kWh battery but features two motors generating 379 hp and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque. This configuration slightly reduces the range to 270 miles (435 km), or 253 miles (407 km) with the optional 20-inch wheels. The EV9 Land offers similar power and range figures, while the upscale GT-Line maintains its powertrain and battery specifications but sees its range slightly decreased to 243 miles (391 km).
The starting price for the Kia EV9 in the United States is set at $54,900, making it an enticing option in the growing electric SUV market.